Ryan Delaire, a defensive end who was reportedly interested in leaving the UMass football team, has transferred to Towson.
Towson listed Delaire as part of its 23-player recruiting class.
Since Delaire transferred down to a FCS program, he will be able to play next season. He has two years of eligibility left.
Delaire will be best remembered for his game-clinching sack during UMass’ 22-14 win over Akron on Nov. 11. The Zips were facing a short fourth down with a 90 seconds left in the game, and Delaire was able to track down Zips quarterback Dalton Williams to give the Minutemen their first win as a FBS program.
He had 19 tackles, five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks during 2012.
ESPN Boston’s Brendan Hall confirmed a few more preferred walk-ons for UMass. He tweeted that Joe Tyo, an offensive lineman that we’ve talked about before, is committed. Hall added three other guys to the list: Andrew Ellis (LB, Barnstable High School), Costa Toubekis (OL, Dexter High School) and Will Giggi (OL, Medfield High School).
Here’s a list of all the walk-ons currently committed to UMass:
- Nate Crutchfield, QB: Montclair High School (N.J)
- Klysmann Afonso, WR: Jireh Prep (N.C.)
- Garrett FitzGerald, OL: Catholic Memorial High School (Mass.)/Saint Anslem College (N.H.)
- Logan Laurent, K/P: Exeter High School (N.H.)
- Joe Tyo, OL/DL: Dennis-Yarmouth High School (Mass)
- DuVaughn Beckford, DB: Nantucket High School (Mass)/Assumption College (Mass)
- Nick Valles, RB: Danvers High School (Mass)
- Michael Dowe, Jr., DL: Cromwell High School (Conn)/Western New England University
- Dillon Tighe, WR: Arundel High School (Md.)
- Markus Colin, K: Allentown High School (N.J.)
- Andrew Ellis, LB: Barnstable High School (Mass)
- Costa Toubekis, OL: Dexter High School (Mass)
- Will Giggi, OL: Medfield High School (Mass)
It’s never too early to start talking 2014 recruiting. Rivals’ Shawn Brown indicated that Daquan Worley, a defensive back/running back from Pennsylvania, picked up a UMass offer – his first. … Michael Bradley from Deep South Recruiting tweeted that UMass is showing interest in Isaiah McKenzie, a multi-faceted athlete from Florida.
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